A Middle-Aged Social Internet with a Millennial Exodus? Changes in Identifications with Online Communities Between 2009 and 2017 in Finland

Aki Koivula*, Teo Keipi, Ilkka Koiranen, Pekka Räsänen

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Abstract

This study is focused on questions regarding online identifications. We intend to examine the extent to which different demographic groups and generations in Finland identify with online communities in 2009 and 2017. Our empirical data are derived from nationally representative surveys collected in Finland in 2009 (n = 1,202) and 2017 (n = 1,648). The findings indicated that identification with online communities has increased in Finland between 2009 and 2017. Notably, demographic differences have diminished over time as the popularity of online groups has increased among middle-aged citizens especially. Analysis showed an interesting interaction between age cohort and observed year. It seems that younger generations have experienced a communal backlash, in which identification to online communities has decreased, while identification with traditional social groups has not changed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Computing and Social Media. User Experience and Behavior - 10th International Conference, SCSM 2018, Held as Part of HCI International 2018, Proceedings
EditorsGabriele Meiselwitz
Pages318-332
Number of pages15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Social Computing and Social Media - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 15 Jul 201820 Jul 2018
Conference number: 10

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10913 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Social Computing and Social Media
Abbreviated titleSCSM
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period15/07/201820/07/2018

Keywords

  • Internet use
  • Online communities
  • Social media
  • Temporal change

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